Fore River Bridge Construction

For more detailed information and updates about the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project, please visit the DEDICATED FORE RIVER BRIDGE PAGE AT MASSDOT.

In August 2012, J.F White & Skanska-Koch were awarded the contract for $244 million to construct a new Fore River Bridge.  Construction began in November 2012 and was for the most part completed in 2017.   The new Fore River Bridge was opened to full traffic October 1st, 2017.  Some finishing touches are still being wrapped up as of February 2019.

new fore river bridge

This newly designed bridge has replaced the temporary one which was built in 2002.  The “temporary” bridge was designed for a lifespan of 15 years.

(image provided by MassDOT)


This is a picture of the Bascule style bridge which was built in 1936.  Many residents fought to bring back this style of bridge.  However, due to the channel width restrictions, MassDOT went ahead with designing a vertical-lift structure.

(Image provided by Boston Globe)


News Articles Published about Bridge


1/16/2013 – Patriot Ledger.  Weymouth residents demand consideration during Fore River Bridge project

1/16/2013 – Weymouth Patch.  Quiet on Fore River Bridge Noise Plan Rankles Resident

1/8/2013 – Weymouth News.  MassDOT to highlight Fore River Bridge construction

1/3/2013 – Weymouth News.  Weymouth is bracing for Fore River Bridge disruptions


11/14/2012 – Weymouth News.  Fore River Bridge Groundbreaking

11/14/2012 – Weymouth News.  Governor breaks ground for new bridge (with video)

11/12/2012 – Weymouth Patch.  New Fore River Bridge Construction Kicks-Off With Ground Breaking Ceremony

11/11/2012 – Weymouth News.  Ground broken for new Fore River Bridge

11/9/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Groundbreaking at Fore River Bridge

11/9/2012 – Patriot Leger.  Officials break ground on Fore River Bridge

11/9/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Officials break ground on new Fore River Bridge project

10/2/2012 – Weymouth Patch.  Officials Skeptical on Fore River Bridge Relationship with DOT.

10/2/2012 – Weymouth News.  Weymouth council seeks memo of understanding with DOT

9/29/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Weymouth wants say about Fore River Bridge construction

9/18/2012 – Weymouth News.  Bridge neighbors seek project protection

8/14/2012 – Weymouth News.  State Awards Contract for Fore River Bridge Construction

8/9/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Daily poll — the Fore River bridge (60% Bascule, 39% Vertical Lift)

8/9/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  State awards contract for vertical-lift Fore River Bridge

8/8/2012 – Weymouth News.  MassDOT awards contract for Fore River Bridge replacement

5/26/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Fore River Bridge design decided

2/28/2012 – Weymouth News.  Kay and Lynch don’t agree on bridge proposal

2/23/2012 – Weymouth News.  Vertical-lift Fore River Bridge now seems best to Lynch

2/23/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Vertical-lift Fore River Bridge now seems best to Lynch

2/16/2012 – Boston Globe.  New Design for Weymouth’s Fore River Bridge Gets Mixed Reception

2/14/2012 – Weymouth News.  Lynch makes the rounds in Weymouth

2/14/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Congressman Lynch vows to press Coast Guard on Fore River Bridge alternatives

2/14/2012 – Weymouth News.  Fore River Bridge plan rapped

2/14/2012 – Weymouth News.  Congressman Lynch vows to press Coast Guard on Fore River Bridge alternatives

2/10/2012 – Weymouth News.  Residents sound off against Fore River Bridge proposal at Weymouth meeting

2/4/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Meeting in Weymouth about Fore River Bridge plan

1/31/2012 – Weymouth News.  State seeks to bridge gap in Weymouth

1/24/2012 – Weymouth News.  Lt. Governor review Weymouth issues during visit

1/17/2012 – Weymouth News.  Search for Fore River Bridge plaques ends

1/3/2012 – Patriot Ledger.  Search ends for missing Fore River Bridge plaques


11/29/2011 – Weymouth News.  Bridge traffic plan raises concerns

10/22/2011 – Weymouth News.  VIDEO: Weymouth at-large council candidates differ over bridge proposal

9/29/2011 – Weymouth News.  Governor touts federal bridge funds

9/23/2011 – Weymouth News.  Politicians rally for a new Fore River Bridge and the jobs it will bring

9/22/2011 – Weymouth News.  PHOTO GALLERY: Gov. Patrick discusses replacing Fore River Bridge

9/22/2011 – Weymouth News.  Gov. Patrick discusses replacing Fore River Bridge

8/26/2011 – Patriot Ledger.  SPEAK OUT: Alternate ideas for Fore River Bridge

3/25/2011 – Weymouth News.  Fore River Bridge proposal under Coast Guard review

3/23/2011 – Patriot Ledger.  Opponents gear up for another round of comments on Fore River Bridge

3/1/2011 – Weymouth News.  Interview with mayor: Kay calls for drawbridge over Fore River

2/28/2011 – Weymouth News.  Braintree council supports Fore River drawbridge proposal

2/17/2011 – Patriot Ledger.  Braintree council supports change in Fore River Bridge design

1/19/2011 – Weymouth News.  Weymouth town council raises drawbridge proposal to state

1/19/2011 – Patriot Ledger.  Weymouth and Quincy officials slam state’s Fore River Bridge plan

1/14/2011 – Weymouth News.  Bridge proposal gets cold reception

1/12/2011 – Patriot Ledger.  What kind of bridge should replace the Fore River Bridge?

1/12/2011 – Patriot Ledger.  Fore River Bridge should be ‘gateway,’ Quincy’s Mayor Koch says


12/14/2010 – Weymouth News.  Weymouth residents feel left out of bridge proposal

10/19/2010 – Weymouth News.  Fore River bridge plan raises Weymouth council’s concerns

10/19/2010 – Patriot Ledger.  Weymouth town councilors question Fore River Bridge plan

9/5/2010 – Patriot Ledger.  Weymouth residents oppose new Fore River Bridge design

5/21/2010 – Weymouth News.  Weymouth commission wants historical link for new bridge

4/19/2010 – Weymouth News.  Vertical lift bridge design holds little appeal

4/13/2010 – Patriot Ledger.  State picks design for new Fore River Bridge

4/5/2010 – Weymouth News.  Neighbors want input in plan for Fore River Bridge

3/2/1010 – Weymouth News.  Mass DOT bridges gap over Fore River

2/18/2010 – Weymouth News.  Bridge question

2/9/2010 – Weymouth News.  New Fore River Bridge designs on table

1/29/2010 – Weymouth News.  Fore River Bridge hearing set Feb. 24

1/29/2010 – Patriot Ledger.  Fore River Bridge hearing scheduled for Feb. 24 in Hingham


6/2/2009 – Weymouth News.  Historical design urged for new bridge


11/24/2008 – Weymouth News.  (video)State gives green light to Fore River Bridge reconstruction

8/25/2008 – Weymouth News.  Safety improvements made on Fore River Bridge